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Fed up?

I would imagine this is true, as even Bill Clinton spoke against Obama.

Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.

At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after
2012 — even if he wins again.

“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

He went on, “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous Secretary of States — there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

Clinton is said to be especially peeved with the president’s waffling over how to encourage the kinds of Arab uprisings that have recently toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and in particular his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya.

In the past week, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s former top adviser Anne-
Marie Slaughter lashed out at Obama for the same reason.

The tension has even spilled over into her dealings with European diplomats, with whom she met early this week.

When French president Nicolas Sarkozy urged her to press the White House to
take more aggressive action in Libya, Clinton repeatedly replied only, “There are difficulties,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.

“Frankly we are just completely puzzled,” one of the diplomats told Foreign
Policy magazine. “We are wondering if this is a priority for the United States.”

Or as the insider described Obama’s foreign policy shop: “It’s amateur night.”

Clinton revealed her desire to leave yesterday in an interview with CNN’s
Wolf Blitzer, responding four times to his questions about whether she would
accept a post during a potential second Obama administration with a single word: “No.”

Philippe Reines, an adviser and spokesman for Clinton, downplayed thesignificance of the interview, saying, “He asked, she answered. Really that simple. [It] wasn’t a declaration.”

But her blunt string of four “no’s” followed a period of intense frustration for the secretary,
according to the insider, who told The Daily that Clinton has grown weary of fighting an uphill battle in the administration.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates came out against a no-fly zone almost two weeks ago, while Clinton grew closer to the Libyan opposition.

Last week, excommunicated members of Libya’s embassy to the United States set up shop in an office inside the State Department.

Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

"I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

“These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

And to some, the firing last week of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley over disparaging remarks he made about the Pentagon detention policies had the appearance of a power move by the Defense Department more than anything else.

While the stakes in Libya could not be higher, the insider said that something far more domestic was on Clinton’s mind after she leaves the State Department: “She wants to be a grandmother more than anything."

Answer Question

Asked by Carpy at 9:20 AM on Mar. 19, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Level 39 (114,053 Credits)
Answers (14)
  • interesting... busy dealing with earthquakes in Japan so not keeping up with much "current information"

    Answer by tortkey at 9:26 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • This is why I didn't vote for Obama. Sorry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • McCrystal all over again?
    Sounds like she is kinda doing what he did, speaking out.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:27 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • See this is why I thought Hillary would run against Obama in 2012! She can easily say she TRIED working with him, and no doubt can show what SHE did "behind the scenes" compared to him, and come out the victor.

    I don't like her as a presidential candidate and didn't/wouldn't vote for her if she did run, but I think she would be a better candidate in 2012 than Obama!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:10 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • O.M.G. I actually agree with Hillary Clinton. Gonna mark this day on the calendar.

    I'm also going to watch the waves rippling through the liberal community now that one of their own is spewing exactly what the conservatives have been saying all along. I'd break out the popcorn if I wasn't so concerned for what the impact (and price) will be on our troops.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 10:16 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • See this is why I thought Hillary would run against Obama in 2012!

    If she would run against him, she started her campaign the day she said that the debt is dangerous to national security.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 10:22 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • Well, she is right as are many who see Obama as weak and an amature at politics. When you put it all together~~~our economy, growing deficit, Japan, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, gas prices, unemployment~~~~~Obama is more interested in Basketball, Golf, and Vacationing.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 10:44 AM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • They were told this wasn't the time for on the job training, but they obviously thought he would catch on quicker or care more than he does. He's turning himself into a punchline around the world quicker than any loud-mouthed conservative ever could. Even the most devoted band-wagoneers in the beltway are jumping ship now.

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 1:17 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • There was a time when liberals were happy to make excuses for Obama but those people are few and far between.
    I find his blatant disregard for the country and the office of the President to be amazing.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:03 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • I do wonder who would win this time around in an epic steel cage match between the two!

    Answer by lovinangels at 4:22 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

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